Incessant rains obstruct tourist arrivals in Kochi

Published on : Tuesday, November 30, 2021

With incessant rains during the past one month deterring tourist arrivals in most locales in Kochi’s suburbs, stakeholders are hoping on elaborate village and beach festivals which will commence in December, to reignite interest in tourism locales in Ernakulam.

The untimely rainy weather has fetched limited tourists during weekends and public holidays.

Foremost among the local-level tourism festivals for the peak tourism season in December is the Cheranalloor Village Tourism Fest, which would take place from December 21 to 31 under the banner of Kerala Tourism, Ernakulam DTPC, and Cheranalloorpanchayat.

“The coastal village in the city’s suburbs will thus turn alive with a food fest, amusement park, exhibition ground for birds, domestic animals, and even camels, display pavilion for bullock carts, similar modes of ferrying cargo that were in vogue till a few decades ago, and a shopping fest,” said K.V. Rajasekharan, chief coordinator of the fest.

There would be stalls selling forest and tribal produce and a state-level tug of war contest in which 32 teams will participate. These activities wouldbe hosted at a shopping village spread over four acres. The fest is being organized keeping in mind the success of the Kadamakudy Village Fest held a year ago, which witnessed a footfall of around five lakh.

With popular beaches in the Goshree Islands like Cherai, Munambam, Kuzhupilly, Vilappu, and Puthuvype witnessing lesser than normal turnout of visitors, a Vypeen Folklore Fest is being planned from December 1 to 31 at these beaches and other destinations in the isles.

“The aim is to develop tourism opportunities in the region and give Vypeen its rightful place as a cultural hub. It will also help hosts and visitors come out of the all-round depression caused by the pandemic,” said K.N. Unnikrishnan, MLA, chairman of the organising committee.

A 25-km graffiti, which could be the biggest in Kerala is being considered. It will be painted on 75 walls in the region, in tandem with the 75th year of Indian Independence. The graffiti will end at Cherai beach.

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